Warren Miller

Special Contributor

Warren Miller is a writer and financial executive who lives near St. Augustine, Florida.

As a journalist, Warren received writing awards from the Florida Magazine Association for regular columns and freelance features. He has been the editor of  business and lifestyle magazines, most recently of Water’s Edge magazine, a regional lifestyle magazine published in Jacksonville by The Florida Time-Union from 1998 until 2009.

Warren has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio affiliates, including WJCT-FM in Jacksonville and WMFE-FM in Orlando, for almost 20 years. 

Warren earned degrees from Boston University in humanities and from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in management and finance.

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Jeff Campbell was born in New York, but his family moved to Arizona when he was a teenager.

That’s where he learned to fly.

 

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Mike Taylor is a homebuilder and contractor who’s originally from Atlanta. He came here in 1998 to help develop Palencia and currently calls Jacksonville his home.


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Marlo Zarka was trained as a horticulturalist. But quickly, her career of growing plants transformed into one of "growing people."

 


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Cameron Stewart is a big man. He played high school sports. He served as in the Marine medic corps in Afghanistan and Iraq. But after he was left with crippling back pain, he became a chiropractor — and his greatest professional talent may be empathy.

Deirdre Clayton was widowed at age 30 with two young children, while her career path led back to where she wanted ever since she was a teenager — to help people.

Today, she’s a guidance counselor in a Jacksonville middle school.

 


Kim Stordahl grew up all over the United States, thanks to her father’s management career.

Following in her father's footsteps, Stordahl went into management, moving with her husband to Jacksonville. That’s when she decided she wanted to do something different.


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Winston Allen is, is in his own words, a “triathlete for life.” He started working out at age 9 to keep bullies away. Today, at 85, he’s a world champion triathlete who’s getting ready to defend his title.


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Julia Crowley started selling cosmetics for shoe money and girl time. But when her family needed much more from her and from her business, Julia stepped up her game.


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Tom Nuijens grew up in Fort Lauderdale, waterskiing and surfing. His family was devoted to good food.

“We all loved dinner hour, which is kind of unusual for younger kids,” he says. “My father was the cook of the family. My sister is an accomplished cook, and my nephew is a James Beard Award chef.”


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Elaine Pace went from being an honor’s student with a college scholarship to living in her car for most of a year.  Despite her share of ups and down, Elaine considers herself incredibly fortunate.


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Anthony Johnson played football from high school through an 11-year NFL career. Today, he’s the Jacksonville Jaguars’ chaplain, and possibly the most low-key former NFL player you’ll ever meet.

He’s an Indiana native who went to Notre Dame on a scholarship. He had, at that time, a single focus to his life: “Playing football, my passion since I was young,”

He says, “I played through high school and was good enough to get a football scholarship to Notre Dame. I graduated in 1990 and was drafted in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts.”

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Yuriko Stowers was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up near Tokyo. But she knew from an early age that wanted to be something or somewhere different. She achieved that dream –  today, Yuriko is a firefighter in Northeast Florida.


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Pete Ancone loves cars, writing stories, and running track. The death of his father pushed him into journalism to support his family, but years later, he wrote his first novel … about running.


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Tammy King was an animal person long before she came to the commercial fishing village at Mayport, where there are more feral cats than people. She started a non-profit, Mayport Cats, to spay, neuter and treat the health issues of feral cats to humanely control their population. It’s the hardest job she’s ever had.


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Dave Bruderly wanted to be a Navy officer, like his father. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, Dave saw the world from ships. What he learned inspired him to become an environmental consultant who specializes in oceans.

Bruderly grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He greatly admired his father, who had been a submarine commander in World War II. That’s when he came up with a plan that would shape his life.

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Today, Susan Michal chairs the Professional Photographers of America association. But she didn't start her career as a photographer.


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Dennis Klee founded Harmonious Monk's in Jacksonville's Mandarin area in 1995. Now he runs Klee's Music in Julington Creek.


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Susan Painter is from Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta, and she always knew she wanted to an artist.

“I was always interested in art. I took lessons as a young girl and in high school, drawing  and painting,” she says.

Susan met her husband, Rick, in college. He's a landscape architect, and the couple moved around the country, following his career,  eventually landing in Jacksonville.

Although she earned a teaching certificate in college, she hadn’t used it. She came to schools in a different way.

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Stacy Moseley is a Jacksonville native who grew up in the Avondale neighborhood.

After college, she knew she wanted to go somewhere else for a while.

“I went to Kenyon, a small liberal arts college in Ohio,” she said. “That was the school I got accepted to that was the furthest away! I got a B.A. in Fine Arts.”

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Suzi Baker was born in Gary, Indiana, and moved to Jacksonville with her parents when she was 15 years old.

Baker says she met a Navy man when she was 19 years old, and married him six weeks later.

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Sylvia Steen is a Jacksonville native who headed west and then returned ... with a harpsichord. 

Steen said, "I was born in Jacksonville. My parents moved here from Alabama during World War II. My father worked at NAS Jacksonville in the depot and retired from there."

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Early each morning, Willie Freeman comes to his security job at the parking garage of a large office building in downtown Jacksonville, and greets the people who drive in. How he got there, and what he does when he gets off the security job in mid-afternoon, are a 30-year story.


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Carla Morello moved to Jacksonville Beach from New York as a child. She wasn't an athlete. But she had a career goal.

"I thought I was supposed to be a nurse,” Morello said. “I did that for a little while, then realized I didn't like it, didn't want to do it anymore. I went for a shift one night and turned around and came home. My husband said, 'what are you going to do?' I said, 'I have no clue, but give me a day to think about it and I'll figure it out.' I just made a list of what I like to do, and what I liked to do most was exercise. So I became a fitness trainer and aerobics instructor."

Morello worked as a trainer at a number of fitness centers and resorts in the area. Then an injury opened her eyes to yet another health-related profession — massage therapy.

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Danielle Rivers' life has turned out quite differently than what she'd expected when she moved to Jacksonville a few years ago.

"I'm originally from Washington. I came down here about 10 years ago to look for real estate deals for investors," Rivers said. "I love real estate. I thought it was what I was going to doing for the rest of my life."

It wasn't. In 2011, Rivers was assaulted.

"I was jogging down on the Riverwalk when I was attacked by a homeless guy," Rivers said.

Rivers fought him, and he pulled a knife. She was stabbed 25 times. She survived, and appeared in court to testify against him.

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There's nothing unusual about a boy wanting a dog. Not every kid wants to train them, but Dorman Pantfoeder did.

"I’ve always had a passion for working with animals. When I was little, my mother read me the Dr. Doolittle books," Pantfoeder said. "Veterinarian was an option, but by the time I was in high school, the thought of more school didn't appeal to me. I wanted to be working with animals, hands-on."

When he was a boy living at home, his family bought a dog and took it for training.

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Susan King is from California, and came to Jacksonville for a job transfer.

"I was born in San Diego, and went to high school there. My father was a Navy helicopter pilot, so there was a lot of moving around in between. I became an accountant, and got a job right of college with KPMG in New Orleans. A few years later, I transferred to Jacksonville to take a tax position. I had some friends, moved to the beach, and never left."

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John Thomas has always known he was a chef.

"I started cooking before high school. I went to the culinary institute in St. Augustine, interned at the Holiday Inn at the airport, and then worked there for a year afterward. I worked at various restaurants throughout the town," Thomas said.

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Kathryn Bain was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.

"I grew up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I moved to Boise, but that evidently wasn't far enough! I had a father who was an alcoholic, and a mother who does anything to avoid confrontation,” Bain said.


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James Rivera grew up in Boonton, a small town in northern New Jersey. After he graduated, James worked at an auto dealer's repair shop. He wasn't happy there.

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Delores West was born in Jacksonville, but spent most of her life in Miami.

"My grandparents moved to Miami when my mother was fourteen and pregnant with me,” she said. “We moved in an area called Overtown which is an inner-city area. The apartments were very small —  the place must have been 500 square feet — but it felt like a mansion."


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